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Pest Control Advice For New Homeowners

When buying a new home, you’re eager to get started with all the renovations, but it’s important to account for any invisible problems as well. One of the biggest problems you may find with a new home is bug infestation – so we’re here to give some pest control advice for new homeowners.

It is for this reason that home inspections are so important. There are so many different pests that could be residing in your new home. From mice and rodents to hidden wasps nests, the list is unnerving. The most deadly bug to your home is also the quietest – termites. These “silent destroyers” are known for chewing through wood, floors, and even wallpaper before you are even aware of their presence. Termites cause more than $5 billion in damages each year to homes. 

Before you make those cosmetic upgrades to your new home, invest in requesting a termite inspection by Best Home & Property Services.

What To Look Out For

The best way to prevent a termite infestation is to learn what to look for and how to identify potential trouble spots on your property. A termite home inspection is designed to detect these telltale signs of new home pest activity before it has the chance to do major damage. Some of these telltale signs include condictions in the home that termites love such as cracks or moisture in your walls. Once the inspection is completed, we can recommend the best course of action. 

If you’re still looking for your new home, keep your eye out for some other telltale signs of termites. Soft wood or blistering wood can be a sign that something may have gotten underneath. Bug droppings may be hard to spot, but are also a major sign of termite. These droppings resemble sawdust. Mud tubes are also a major sign that you may have a temrite problem.

How Do They Get In?

While there are certainly many clear signs of a termite infestation, it’s important that prospective homebuyers also look for situations that attract termites to a home. While these may not be dealbreakers, mitigating the effects can help ensure that your home stays clear of any pesky little critters.

Firewood

We know termites love wood. If you have an indoor fireplace, the wood can attract termites into the home as a point of entry. Instead, try to keep firewood away from any major entrances to your home and placed on a raised platform to stay dry.

Gutters

The moisture in gutters can encourage termites to climb on. Clogged gutters can cause debris and water to build up, inviting termites to reside. Instead, try to divet your rainwater away from the home and invest in splash blocks to prevent blockage.

Mulch

We understand your plants need love, but mulch serves as a delicious food source for termites. Try to minimize the amount of wood mulch you use and monitor regularly for any termite activity.

Looking for more pest control advice for new homeowners? Best Home & Property Services are here to help you ensure your new home is pest free. Think you may have a pest problem? Give us a call at 843-236-3065 or get a FREE QUOTE right online!

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